CBD oil for sciatica

CBD oil for sciatica

A growing body of research confirms that cannabidiol (CBD) is an excellent natural pain reliever. Therefore CBD oils are beginning to be used widely for the relief of both chronic and neuropathic pain, especially as an alternative or in combination with traditional pharmacology (always under medical supervision)

The sciatic nerve extends from the lower back to the legs, thus covering a large area of the body. If it is therefore paralysed, for example, the pain is very intractable, and this type of pain has been called sciatica. And how does it cope CBD oil with sciatica? Is there any research already carried out in this direction?

What is sciatica and what are its causes?

Sciatica (Latin. ischias) is a pain that radiates from the lumbosacral spine and buttock, through the back of the thigh and lower leg to the foot. Why is the pain so widespread? Well, because the sciatic nerve is the longest nerve found in the human body. It is a conglomeration of four or five nerve roots that emerge from the spinal canal located in the lumbosacral region of the spine. It continues through the underside of the lower edge of the piriformis muscle, then through the gluteus maximus muscle and continues along the back of the thigh to the popliteal fossa. 

It can therefore be seen that there are very many possibilities for the sciatic nerve to suffer compression, but the most common cause of sciatica is pressure on the nerve roots in the spinal canal. And this compression is caused by a fragment of the intervertebral disc. And this particular type of sciatica has a name - it is known as root pain (commonly referred to as radiculitis). 

Sciatica may also be accompanied by neurological symptoms. The most common are sensory disturbances or muscle weakness. The pain can affect the lumbar region of the back and one or both legs down to the feet. Most often, however, it affects one side of the body and can take various forms. 

More and more people are suffering from sciatica, and the reason is often a sedentary lifestyle. If sciatica is not treated properly, it has an increasingly negative impact on the patient's functioning. Sciatica can be further aggravated by obesity, age and diabetes. It can also be spinal stenosis. 

Oral painkillers, available without a prescription, and topical pain patches or ointments are mostly used to relieve the pain. When the pain is severe and does not subside, a doctor should be consulted for stronger specifics. In extreme cases, the cause of the ailment can also be removed surgically.

Relief of sciatica can also be experienced with the use of CBD oils, either taken orally or rubbed into the painful area. Pastes and ointments containing cannabidiol also have an analgesic effect.

CBD oil and sciatica

Due to the fact that not everyone can or wants to take strong painkillers, which are not without negative side effects on the body, many people are looking for alternative methods to combat sciatica. And it really is possible to find such natural alternatives without too much trouble. And one of these is undoubtedly CBD oil, preferably used in the full spectrum version. Such oil contains, in addition to cannabidiol, a whole range of cannabinoids which have a positive effect on the body, making its analgesic effect, for example, even more powerful.

The range of effects of CBD oils is very wide - from its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects (and sciatica is what pain and inflammation are all about), to its relaxing effects, making it easier to fall asleep and improving the quality of sleep, but also its anti-epileptic effects or its effects on appetite. Here, however, we will focus on its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
For sciatica, the typical pain symptoms are neuropathic pain and nociceptive pain. CBD oil is able to alleviate both of these types of pain, as confirmed by admittedly still scarce research results. And this is precisely because it is able to reduce inflammation while acting as an analgesic. 

How to take CBD oils for sciatica

If we decide to use CBD oils, it is worth choosing those that come from a reliable source. The CBD content in the oil should be confirmed by research, and the raw materials used to obtain them, for the sake of our health, must not have residues of pesticides, heavy metals or microbiological traces such as mould or fungi. It is important to remember that the products we choose to improve our health should always be of the highest quality.

In any case, it is advisable to use an oil with the full spectrum of cannabinoids, so as to enjoy the therapeutic properties of the full compounds, not just CBD. However, when it comes to using CBD oil for sciatica, it is possible to start with concentrations as low as 20%-30% if the pains are severe, used from 2-3 times a day, a few drops to begin with, preferably under the tongue. 




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It starts with smaller doses, which can be taken 3 times a day, increasing every 2-3 days. If you experience any side effects, of which there are not many, you can return to a lower dose and then gradually increase it again, increasing the time between doses.

CBD oils can also be rubbed into painful areas or cannabidiol pastes or ointments can be used interchangeably. Topical application of CBD-containing products should provide rapid pain relief. 

  1. Sciatica; https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwa_kulszowa
  2. "Orally consumed cannabinoids provide long-lasting relief of allodynia in a mouse model of chronic neuropathic pain"; authors: Antony D. Abraham, Edward J. Y. Leung, Brenden A. Wong et al; 2019; https://www.nature.com/articles/s41386-019-0585-3


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